A collection of early texts by Reiner Schürmann, on religion, Zen, language, Eckhart and Heidegger.
In 1962, Reiner Schürmann began studying at the Dominican school of theology Le Saulchoir, outside Paris. That experience radically shaped his life and work, enabling him to begin to develop many of the ideas for which he would later be known: letting be, life without why, ontological anarchy, and the tragic double bind. Ways of Releasement
contains never before published material from Schürmann's early period, including selections from an early, more Christocentric version of Wandering Joy
and several shorter, impassioned writings in which Schürmann tests his faith against Eckhart's teaching of the Godhead, Heidegger's later philosophy, his growing interest in Soto Zen, and the possibilities and limits of language. The volume also contains a report Schürmann wrote about his encounter with Heidegger, a précis of his autobiographical novel Origins
, and translations and new editions of later groundbreaking essays. Ways of Releasement
concludes with an extensive afterword contextualizing Schürmann's writings in relation to his thinking and life.
Reiner Schürmann (1941–1993) was a German philosopher
. He was born in Amsterdam and lived in Germany, Israel, and France before immigrating to the United States in the 1970s, where he was professor and director of the Department of Philosophy at the New School for Social Research in New York. He is the author of three books on philosophy: Heidegger on Being and Acting
, Wandering Joy
, and Broken Hegemonies
is his only work of fiction. He never wrote nor published in his native German.